Abortion rhetoric at DNC criticized for failure to respect women
Through the use of degrading language and extreme claims, speakers at the Democratic National Convention failed to respect women, said a senior policy adviser for The Catholic Association.
Maureen Ferguson told CNA on Sept. 10 that the “vision of womanhood” presented by abortion advocates at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week was both “limited” and “demeaning.”
“Women’s rights are defined by a right to kill one’s own child,” she said.
Ferguson contrasted this view with Church teaching on “authentic womanhood” and the “feminine genius” discussed by Pope John Paul II.
“The Catholic Church provides a beautiful vision of womanhood,” she said, explaining that rather than being restrictive, the Church presents “an integrated view of our fertility” that is respectful of women and does not treat pregnancy as a disease.
At a Sept. 4 Planned Parenthood rally that coincided with the Democratic convention, women demanded respect for their rights, focusing on the “right” to abortion and free birth control.
The rally was not an official convention event, but it featured many of the same speakers who addressed the full convention gathering as well.
One speaker at the rally referred to herself as a “b-tch for choice,” drawing loud applause from the audience. Numerous women wore “sluts vote” buttons.
Ferguson said that this behavior “absolutely undermines their message” by failing to treat themselves as women with respect and dignity. [More]